Gradually moving on with the Beacon Hill.
The beginning of a new chandelier. I need to make 24 of the little dangly things, eight on each candle holder.
The most invaluable tools when making light fixtures: Needlepoint tweeters, round-nosed pliers, and forceps. The iced tea is essential as well.
While glue dries on the fixture, I put the roof onto the house to see where I’ll need to cut it for my adventure in dividing the house in two. I didn’t want to take off too much.
Looks like I’ll cut it right there. Time to bring out my trusty table saw.
Next stage of the chandelier.
Adding the candle sockets and bulbs (Cir-Kit sells the candle sockets; HBS sells the bi-pin bulbs).
Chandelier done with the bottom parts glued in place.
Wiring the chandelier through the ceiling.
I had originally intended for this chandelier to go in the second floor stairwell, but it looks better in the bathroom–goes with the wallpaper. I’ll make something a little more rustic for the hall. This is going to be one wild bathroom.
The test–it lights! Yay! I never thought I’d be able to make my own lights, and they’d turn out so pretty. Who knew?
I have more beads and also some old, broken lights from when I gutted The Big House. I’m looking at those old lights and thinking “spare parts.” I’m going to take those spare parts, play with new jewelry findings, and see what I can come up with. Maybe a mess! But it’s fun to play.
While I’m making light fixtures, I’m going to start painting the outside of the house. In the instructions for the Beacon Hill, the porch is next on the agenda. I need the base of the house painted before I glue on porch railings.
I’ll keep working!